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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to July 2012

Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to July 2012

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of July, 2012:

July 1 – Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).

July 3 – Full Buck Moon, 2:52 p.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

July 5 – Earth at aphelion (its farthest point from the Sun).

July 10 – Last Quarter Moon, 9:48 p.m. One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

July 10 – Venus at its brightest. Magnitude 4.5.

July 13 – Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

July 15 – New Moon, 12:24 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

July 26 – First Quarter Moon, 4:56 a.m. One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

July 30 – Delta Aquarids meteor shower. 2012 is predicted to be an unfavorable year for this Southern Hemisphere shower.

July 30 – Alpha Capricornoids meteor shower. A weak show originating near Capricornus.

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1 carol { 06.30.12 at 2:26 am }

I love to stargaze and Farmer’s always tells me what to watch for…thanks FA…
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